If Thy Job Offends Thee…

I have got to stop listening to NPR on the way to work. Sometimes it makes me swerve. If you ever hear of me dying in a ball of fire on the freeway, please sue them on my behalf.

Yesterday, they spoke of the latest bit of brilliance from the Trump Administration. According to NPR, “The Department of HHS is adding a ‘Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom’ to protect doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections.”

I’m all for religious freedom. And that’s how Trump will spin this. As a way to prevent people from being discriminated against due to their faith.

Here’s the thing, though. (Yes, there’s always a thing.) I didn’t become a drug dealer, despite the financial benefits thereof, because it was against my morals. If my religion prevented me from opening a drawbridge, I’d have never become a bridgetender. Everyone in this country has always, always had the right NOT to take a job, except in times of slavery.

What you should not have a right to do, in my opinion, is take a job, expect to be compensated, and then refuse to do parts of it. If you’re against abortion, don’t work in an abortion clinic. If you can’t work on Sundays, then only take jobs that give you Sundays off. If you don’t want to do business with homosexuals, then, I don’t know, go off and live in a cave somewhere and live off berries and beetles.

Make no mistake. This draconian policy has nothing to do with religious freedom. First of all, the “Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom” is doublespeak that sounds like it came straight out of George Orwell’s 1984. It gives me the chills. But the intent behind it is even worse. It is a way to allow people to discriminate. It’s a way to make it harder for women to get birth control and choose what to do and not do with their bodies. It’s a way to refuse to treat homosexuals and their families. It’s a way to prevent people who are suffering needlessly and without hope from seeking succor in states where assisted suicide is legal.

I want every human being on this planet to have religious freedom. But I also want them to be proactive with their faith or lack thereof. If there’s a job that crosses the line for you, then DON’T TAKE IT. Simple.


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4 thoughts on “If Thy Job Offends Thee…

  1. Elaine

    I cannot express how angry this government charade makes me. I was a nurse for a very long time. There was never any question of who I was going to take care of as patients. It didn’t matter to me who they were or what they had done to get into a hospital bed. While they were in that bed, my clear duty was to take care of them. The patient’s religion, of course, was considered. There are restrictions in some religions about persons of the opposite sex coming in any kind of physical contact or being alone in the room. We tried as much as possible to accommodate the patient.
    I agree with you wholeheartedly. When you take the Hippocratic oath, recite the Nightingale pledge or whatever you promise to uphold as an EMT or respiratory therapist, there is nothing in those that pertain to race, color, creed or sex, much less sexual orientation. I promised to take care of the persons put into that bed in my institution to the best of my ability. Period. No other options applied.

  2. lyn sutton

    Discrimination harms. Isn’t the doctors Hippocratic Oath to “primum non nocere,” first do no harm? Guess this nullifies all those patient bill of rights commitments that health care swears to abide by.

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